to right - Malakai, Josh, Jason and Forrest - See Schindig on YouTube
band, which is called Schindig consists
of a drummer, Jason Fauble, a bass player, Josh Swearengin,
lead vocals and guitar,
Forrest Glyer and myself on flute, various wind instruments
and vocals. We play an eclectic blend of rock and roll and
Americana with a little poly-ethnic world flavor thrown in
now and then. The music is hard to pigeon hole. It is a shindig.
We have been playing as a band for a couple of years now
I have been playing as a musical partner with Forrest for
over ten years. I mostly play a very percussive lead style
didgeridoo and panpipes. Forrest plays rack harmonica, acoustic
guitar, electric guitar and slide guitar. We have been gigging
around Mendocino County for a couple of years and are about
to record our first CD. It will be a self-titled debut album, “Schindig”.
We are recording with Kenny Fink, one of the best sound engineers
I have encountered. He makes the room amplified without sounding
amplified. This is a gift that not many sound engineers have—to
actually hear the highs and lows and balance everything in
the midrange. He is an incredible technician. If I was ever
to need a sound man on a regular basis and had the means
to have such a person on my team, Kenny Fink would definitely
be on the list.
We are not going for an over-produced sound and will not use
a lot of multi-track recording. We want to capture the live
sound as we are very much a live band and all rely on each
playing hammer dulcimer with Schindig
Click photo for another photo with flute.
band also plays a few songs that feature the hammer dulcimer,
an instrument that I have been playing
for fifteen years. I
really enjoy the tone it brings. It’s not familiar to
most of our ears even though it carries a resonance of familiarity
that goes back hundreds of years. It is the precursor to the
piano—it’s basically a piano where you control
the hammers rather than pushing a key that controls the hammers.
It is capable of playing a wide variety of music. We have used
it for some harmonic-minor Eastern sounding music, Celtic-style
music, and to add a bit of extra flavor to some of our “rock” tunes.
I enjoy playing it mostly by myself; I sing along with it,
hum with it and tone with it, yell with it and beat the heck
out of it. I have broken quite a few strings on the instrument.
It’s not one of the instruments that you normally break
a string on, but I have managed to break at least six. I have
a hard time playing with a light touch, no matter what instrument
it is. I break a lot of strings and I run through a lot of
pads. Anything brass or silver, it’s a lot of pads. Anything
wooden, it’s a lot of strings. I have a heavy hand—probably
from clutching a brush very tightly all day long.
performing at Beerfest in Boonville, California
plays regularly at the Irish pub in Willits and some for
parties, weddings and funerals. I also
travel and perform
as a soloist at festivals —EarthDance, the Oregon Country
Fair, The High Sierra Music Festival, Faerieworlds and Burning
Man. I often do 30-45 minute spots on stage and go through
a whirlwind of different instruments.
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have been recording for a number of years with my father,
on the Train Singer label and also on the Kindred Souls
label, mostly doing flute and vocals. I definitely
enjoy it although it is not “what I do.” I have also recorded
with a few other musicians such as Christine Robin, Tubesteak Jones, Keith
and Spencer Brewer.
focus mostly on my visual art. I play music mostly